Can You Download FaceTime For Android?

Eight great alternatives to FaceTime for Android devices

Facetime on phone
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FaceTime wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used. With FaceTime's popularity, Android users may wonder if they can get FaceTime for Android to host their own video and audio chats.

Sorry, Android fans, but the answer is no: You cannot use FaceTime on Android.

Apple doesn't make FaceTime for Android (more on the reasons for this at the end of the article). This means that there are no FaceTime-compatible video calling apps for Android. So, unfortunately, there's simply no way to use FaceTime and Android together. The same thing goes for FaceTime on Windows

But there is good news: FaceTime is just one video-calling app. There are many apps that are Android-compatible and do the same thing as FaceTime.

All of the apps below should work for you no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

10 Alternatives to FaceTime For Video Calling on Android

Just because there's no FaceTime for Android doesn't mean that Android users are left out of the video calling fun. Here are some of the top video chat apps available at Google Play.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger on Android

Messenger is the standalone app version of Facebook's web-based messaging feature. Use it to video chat with your Facebook friends. It also offers voice calling (free if you do it over Wi-Fi), text chat, multimedia messages, and group chats. 

What We Like

  • Nearly universal option

  • You'll already have the app if you have Facebook on Android

  • Multiple ways to talk

What We Don't Like

  • Facebook can be... invasive

Google Duo

Google Duo on Android

Google offers two video calling apps on this list. Hangouts, which comes next, is the more complex option, which supports group calling, voice calls, texting, and more. If you're looking for a simple app devoted just to video calls, though, Google Duo is it. It supports one-to-one video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular.

What We Like

  • Simple and straightforward

  • Both cellular and Wi-Fi calls

What We Don't Like

  • Video calls only

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts on Android

Hangouts supports video calls for individuals and groups of up to 10. It also adds voice calling, texting, and integration with other Google services like Google Voice. Use it to make voice calls to any phone number in the world; calls to other Hangouts users are free. (There are also some cool things you can do with Google Hangouts, too.)

What We Like

  • Extremely popular

  • Multiple ways to chat

  • Powerful group chat capabilities

What We Don't Like

  • Might be complicated to start

imo

Screenshot of the imo app for video calls.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.

imo offers a standard set of features for a video calling app. It supports free video and voice calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, text chat between individuals and groups, and lets you share photos and videos. One nice feature of imo is that its encrypted chats and calls are more private and secure.

What We Like

  • Both group and 1 on 1 calls

  • Multiple ways to chat

  • Encryption for added security

What We Don't Like

  • Not as popular as other options

Line

Line on Android
  • Line Cost: Free app, outbound international calls are paid 
  • Platform: Android, Asha, BlackBerry, Chome OS, Firefox OS, iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone 
  • Download at Google Play

Line offers the features common to these apps, but has some key differences. It supports video and voice calls, text chat, and group texts. It differs from other apps due to its social networking features (you can post statuses, comment on friend's statuses, follow celebrities and brands, etc.), mobile payment platform, and paid international calls (check rates), rather than free.

What We Like

  • Supports a ton of devices

  • Multiple ways to chat

What We Don't Like

  • Social media features feel out of place

Skype

Skype on Android
  • Skype Cost: Free app, calls to landlines and mobiles, and international calls, are paid
  • Platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone
  • Download at Google Play

Skype is one of the oldest, most well known, and most widely used video calling apps. It offers both voice and video calls, text chat, screen and file sharing, and much more. It also supports a wider range of devices, including some smart TVs and game consoles. The app is free, but calls to landlines and mobile phones, as well as international calls, are paid as you go or by subscription (check rates).

What We Like

  • Extremely popular and well known

  • Wide range of device support

What We Don't Like

  • Calls aren't free and pricing can be complex

Tango

Tango on Android

You won't pay for any calls – international, landlines, otherwise – when you use Tango, though it does offer in-app purchases of e-cards and "surprise packs" of stickers, filters, and games. It also supports voice and video calls, text chat, and media sharing. Tango has some social features including public chat rooms and the ability to "follow" other users.

What We Like

  • Truly free calling

  • Text and video chat

What We Don't Like

  • In app micro-transactions

  • Out of place social media features

Viber

Viber on Android
  • Viber Cost: Free app, in-app purchases, landline and mobile calls are paid 
  • Platform: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
  • Download at Google Play

Viber ticks practically every box for an app in this category. It offers free video and voice calls, text chat with individuals and groups up to 200 people, sharing photos and videos, and even in-app games. In-app purchases let you add stickers to spice up your communications. Calling to landlines and mobiles is paid; only Viber-to-Viber calls are free.

What We Like

  • Free video, voice, and text to Viber

  • Support for large groups

What We Don't Like

  • Paid mobile calls

  • In-app purchases

WhatsApp

WhatsApp on Android

WhatsApp became widely known when Facebook bought it for US$19 billion in 2014. Since then it's grown to over 1 billion monthly users. Those people enjoy a robust set of features, including free app-to-app voice and video calls worldwide, the ability to send recorded audio messages and text messages, group chats, and sharing photos and videos.

What We Like

  • Tons of platforms supported

  • Free video, voice, and text chat

  • Share photos and video

What We Don't Like

  • App to app conversations only

Why You Can't Get FaceTime for Android

While it may not be possible for Android users to talk using FaceTime, we've just seen that there are plenty of other video calling options. You just need to make sure that both people have the same video calling apps on their phones. Android may be open source (though that may not be completely accurate) and allow for a lot of customization by users but to add features and customizations, cooperation from third parties is often required. 

In theory, FaceTime is compatible with Android, since it uses common audio, video, and networking technologies. But to make it work, either Apple would need to release an official version for Android or developers would need to create a compatible app. Both things are unlikely to happen. 

Developers probably won't be able to create a compatible app since FaceTime is encrypted end to end and creating a compatible app would require breaking that encryption or having Apple open it.

It's possible that Apple could bring FaceTime to Android – Apple originally said that it planned to make FaceTime an open standard but it's been years and nothing has happened – so that's very unlikely. Apple and Google are locked in a battle for control of the smartphone market. Keeping FaceTime exclusive to the iPhone can give it an edge and perhaps spur people to adopt Apple's products. 

FaceTime isn't the only highly sought-after Apple technology that people want to use on Android. Lots of folks love iMessage, too. There's good news on that front, Android users: there's a way to use iMessage on Android. Find out how in iMessage For Android: How to Get It And Use It.